[SIGCIS-Members] Histories of Computing in Eastern Europe volume now available
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Fri Sep 20 06:05:38 PDT 2019
I am pleased to announce that the proceedings volume from our Histories of Computing in Eastern Europe workshop in Poznan has been published by Springer. Details are available on their website: https://www.springer.com/cn/book/9783030291594
The Proceedings come from an event organized by IFIP Working Group 9.7 at the last IFIP World Congress. WG 9.7 is composed of industry professionals, historians, archivists, and others with an interest in the history of computing broadly defined. The contents of the volume are divided into six parts:
1. EASTERN EUROPE. The papers in this section offer new glimpses into the history of computing in Armenia, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. For instance, Szabo offers a compelling portrait of a computing class conducted with a chalkboard in Hungary.
Armenian Computers: First Generations
Sergey B. Oganjanyan, Valery V. Shilov, and Sergey A. Silantiev
The Emergence of Computing Disciplines in Communist Czechoslovakia: What’s in a (Sovietized) Name?
Michal Doležel and Zdeněk Smutný
László Kalmár and the First University-Level Programming and Computer Science Training in Hungary
2. POLAND. These papers were part of our collaboration with the Polish Information Processing Society and the Enigma Live event in Poznan.
Early Computer Development in Poland
The Long Road toward the Rejewski-Różycki-Zygalski Cipher Center
3. SOVIET UNION. A highlight of these papers is co-authored by the children of two great names in the USSR: Anatoly Kitov and Victor Glushkov. They challenge the notion that Soviet computer science was a failure because it did not result in an ARPA-style national network. Kitov also details his own work in the first article to discuss Soviet control programs that monitored data transfer between multiple terminals for collaborative work.
Anatoly Kitov and Victor Glushkov: Pioneers of Russian Digital Economy and Informatics
Olga V. Kitova and Vladimir A. Kitov
On the History of Gosplan, the Main Computer Center of the State Planning Committee of the USSR
Vladimir A. Kitov
Main Teleprocessing Monitors for Third-Generation Computers in the USSR
Vladimir A. Kitov
4. COCOM AND COMECOM. Sikora and Schmitt offer extended examinations of the permutations of the cold war blockades based on their archival research. My own paper, an outgrowth of my presentation to TC 9 in 2014 for the Turku Human Choice in Computing workshop, rounds out the group.
Socialist Life of a U.S. Army Computer in the GDR’s Financial Sector
Cooperating with Moscow, Stealing in California: Poland’s Legal and Illicit Acquisition of Microelectronics Knowhow from 1960 to 1990
From CoCom to Dot-Com: Technological Determinisms in Computing Blockades, 1949 to 1994
5. ANALOG COMPUTING. Two papers about computing before digital computing. Leipälä, Shilov, and Silantiev also include a translation of the book they found in their appendix.
Israel Abraham Staffel: Lost Book Is Found
Timo Leipälä, Valery V. Shilov, Sergey A. Silantiev
Mathematicians at the Scottish Café
6. PUBLIC HISTORY. Bodrato, Caruso, and Cignoni demonstrate what insights can be gleaned by their project of collecting and reverse-engineering early hardware. Smolevitskaya offers not just an overview of an archive but has also painstakingly tallied Rameev’s inventions, including the iterations of Ural computers.
Discovering Eastern Europe PCs by Hacking Them ... Today
Stefano Bodrato, Fabrizio Caruso, Giovanni A. Cignoni
Twentieth Anniversary of the Russian Virtual Museum of Computing and Information Technology History
Vladimir A. Kitov and Edward M. Proydakov
ICT History Study as Corporate Philanthropy in Latvia
Inara Opmane and Rihards Balodis
The Engineering Heritage of Bashir Rameev at the Polytechnic Museum: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of His Birth
WG 9.7 meets roughly every other year; more information about our past workshops is available on our website (http://ifipwg97.org). Our next meeting will hopefully be in Asia in 2020 … more information on that coming soon.
Chair, IFIP Working Group 9.7 - History of Computing
Lecturer, School of Foreign Languages, South China University of Technology
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